The 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor the legacy of Mike deGruy in several ways this year, including the poster for the 28th annual SBIFF, as well as a unique student outreach program.
Local designer Barbara Boros—who has designed the posters for the festival since 2004—did a lovely job highlighting both the ocean life and waterscape that are such a big part of our local landscape. The design was also very much inspired by deGruy and his dedication to all living things.
This year SBIFF has also renamed “Field Trip to the Movies” “Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies,” in honor of the program which was the brainchild of deGry, a renowned nature cinematographer whose passion for exploring and sharing those adventures with audiences through filmmaking was the inspiration for this terrific program.
The goal of the field trip, which is offered to 4,000 5th and 6th grade students from Santa Barbara County, is to use the art of filmmaking to stimulate creative, confident and culturally aware thinkers and empower students and teachers with a creative approach to education.
The 2013 “Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies” program features a presentation of the animated comedy, Rise of the Guardians. Director Peter Ramsey will participate in a Q&A following the screenings with the students and talk about the craft of animated filmmaking. Ramsey joins an illustrious list of filmmakers who have spoken to local students, including Academy Award® winning filmmakers James Cameron, Lee Unkrich and Gore Verbinski, among others.
This annual free screening takes place Friday, January 25 at the Arlington Theatre, and is co-sponsored by Cox, The Towbes Foundation and Wells Fargo Bank.